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Peoria Public Radio News
7:26 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Eureka College observes Berlin Wall anniversary

Political, military and academic officials observed the 24th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday at Eureka College.  Eureka has a section of the wall that fell, marking the end of the Cold War.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar was one of the guest speakers to mark the anniversary.  He says the Berlin Wall fell because both President Ronald Reagan and Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev were willing to compromise:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Clock Tower Place open in East Peoria

  East Peoria celebrated the latest building newly opened for business in its downtown.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Cat Visitors Center gets LEED certification

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is being recognized as a sustainable facility. The center has been awarded Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a third-party certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Visitors Center’s sustainability benefits include solar panels that provide 10-percent of the center’s projected annual energy use, automatic daylight controls, and water conservation features.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor move forward

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor CEO, Debbie Simon, speaks at launch of combined entity
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor are looking ahead after they received final approval to combine. Proctor is now part of the UnityPoint Health system as well as its physicians, various clinics, and services. That includes the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery and the Hult Center for Healthy Living.

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State News
1:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Opponents of mandatory minimum sentencing block state bill

A plan to increase prison time for gun crimes hit a brick wall today in the Illinois Capitol.  Opponents of the measure used a parliamentary procedure to block the bill.

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Government
6:49 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

IL lawmaker pushing earlier same-sex marriage date

Illinois' same-sex marriage legislation makes gay and lesbian couples wait until June to get married.  But Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says he wants to shorten those engagements.  He's behind a proposal that could allow same-sex marriages in early 2014:

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Government
6:43 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill

Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use.  

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Business
6:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State senate OKs tax breaks for ADM, Office Depot

A Senate panel has approved legislation that would give tax incentives to two of Illinois biggest corporations -- Office Depot and Archer Daniels Midland. 

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State News
1:32 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Learning health insurance-speak

Despite technical obstacles, navigators are still helping people enroll into health-insurance marketplaces. In many communities, that includes helping those who speak little or no English. Illinois Public Radio’s Mike Moen reports, the northern Illinois region is no exception:     

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State News
1:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Gov. Quinn says he'll announce running mate soon

The only candidate running for governor who has yet to announce a running mate is incumbent Pat Quinn. The Democrat has been silent about who he wants as a lieutenant governor. But time is running out.

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